Serving the East Calhoun Neighborhood
ECCO Meeting Minutes for
May 5th, 2011
ECCO Meeting Minutes for May 5th, 2011
Meetings are held at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church at 7:00
Minutes submitted by Katherine St. Martin
Board members: Nancy Ward (President), Sarah Sponheim (Vice President), Katherine St. Martin (Secretary), Tim Norkus-Crampton, Heather Wulfsberg, Brad Durham, Blake Harper, Judy Shields, Linda Todd, Gael Ellis
Monica Smith (NRP), Meg Tuthill (City Council Representative)
Alex Gehrig (Minnehaha Creek Watershed District) 218-251-1462, firstname.lastname@example.org, Michael Shields (presenting ECCO Board Insurance Information) and several community residents were in attendance.
Minutes from April 7th Meeting approved
- Bakken Museum Garden Party, May 19, 2011 5:30-7:30pm: The Bakken Museum in partnership with the Uptown Association are throwing a summer garden party at the Bakken Museum of Electricity and Magnetism. RSVP preferably before May 13th on the Uptown Association’s website.
-NRP Policy Board is gauging interest in Community Board participation walking in the Aquatennial on July 20th to celebrate 20 years of NRP work. Nancy asked whether the board is interested in walking in the parade. Interest is currently low due to ECCO board’s other Aquatennial plans.
Alex Gehrig (Minnehaha Creek Watershed District)
Alex explained that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is a local unit of government that manages and protects the water resources in the 181 square miles that drains to Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, and the Minnehaha Creek. Our community is directly connected to this Watershed District because of our link to the Chain of Lakes; Alex offers our community a variety of opportunities.
Judy and Michael Shields (ECCO Board member and husband)
Judy and Michael were asked by the Board to research a more affordable and stable manner for insuring the ECCO Board. Insurance coverage is a community board requirement. Judy and Michael found that NRP offers Directors and Officers insurance to neighborhoods and can also provide an affordable “Master Plan” that covers general liability coverage in which the limits are shared by ECCO and 13 other neighborhoods who share the contract. Renewing through this program would total approximately $300 dollars (half as much as last years total) and be an affordable option for this required coverage. Nancy and the whole Board thanked them both for doing the legwork to get ECCO listed under the standard “Master Plan.”
Meg Tuthill (City Council Representative)
Environmental “Green Team” Report
Sarah announced that progress was being made by the Waste Watchers group with an ad in the UNN as well as the creation of a web page on the East Calhoun website. She also mentioned that there would be a Recycling and Composting workshop located at St. Mary’s Church on June 11th. For more information, click on the Waste Watchers logo on the East Calhoun website.
Hennepin County is conducting its second Medicine Collection Event. This is an opportunity to properly dispose of prescription medications as well as vitamins and supplements. The collection point will be Richfield Ice Area east entrance on Thursday June 2nd, 3-7pm. Sarah is willing to consolidate neighbors’ medicines and drive them over. Contact her for more information. The City will also be conducting another Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Check out the City’s website for more information on the dates and times: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/solid-waste/garbage-hazardous.asp
Sarah pointed us to the Minneapolis Greenprint publication as a guide for sustainable development and ecologically friendly practices in the City of Minneapolis. The Greenprint provides a pragmatic framework for protecting and enhancing our environment based around key environmental indicators. For detailed information on each of these environmental indicators see: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/sustainability/MinneapolisGreenprin...
Sarah also announced that Ralph Sievert, Director or Forestry for Minneapolis Park Board and Scott Henke (local arborist) will facilitate the discussion at next Board meeting, which will discuss the community concerns surrounding the treatment method versus gradual replacement of Ash trees in the neighborhood.
Heather confirmed that the Amore Victoria rooftop patio would be operating until 10pm Sunday through Thursday and staying open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The only other condition that was adjusted from the conditions mentioned during the April meeting minutes was the addition of a rooftop level screen on the West end of the building as well.
Heather coordinated for the owners of the new pizza restaurant to give a quick question and answer session at the June meeting as well. She closed by expressing her thanks to Board member, Jim, a new member of the Zoning committee, for his recent contributions.
Nancy opened by referencing the recent Crime Alerts for the garage burglary and car theft in the 3200 block of Holmes. She encouraged community members to be alert and demonstrate a presence in the community. She suggested coordinating a safety walker group but there wasn’t enough consensus between board members time schedules to coordinate the effort. Board members did say they would begin walking the alleys specifically and spreading the word to pay attention for any suspicious behavior. Monica works with local police point of contact to send out helpful Crime Alerts to everyone on the ECCO e-mail list to promote rapid awareness of safety issues in the neighborhood. Go to the East Calhoun Community webpage to join the e-blast.
Judy presented the Social Committee announcements.
May 16: Neighborhood Potluck with a “Spring into Fun” theme at Lake Calhoun with fun activities (bocce ball, Frisbee, hula hoop, egg toss)
June 5th: The Super Sale is the first Saturday in June. See the ad in the UNN.
July 17: Gael is researching the Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Race and promoting a neighborhood event to build and register our boat. Gael presented the Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Race as an opportunity for the community to collaborate on an East Calhoun boat with a Green Team Waste Watchers theme. Blake offered his garage as an assembly area and Sarah offered to contact a neighbor for potential design ideas. Gael emphasized that May was the design phase followed by a build phase in June where we could collect building materials (milk cartons, etc).
The Board unanimously agreed to participate in the Wine tasting fundraiser again this year due to its great success as a community event as well as a major source of budget revenue for the neighborhood. Brad and Judy both agreed to work as ECCO lead coordinators for our community organization.
Nancy and Judy both emphasized that anyone can participate in the Social Committee activities and meetings and that they are soliciting ideas for social events for future months.
Monica made several announcements concerning ongoing NRP opportunities:
CES home energy visits are still available. ECCO is still maintaining a slight lead for community participation. In order to receive a home energy conservation consolation with CES, households must attend a CES workshop. Workshop times and locations are available through www.mnces.org.
There is still an opportunity to apply for Phase II housing grant and loan programs. The Matching Grant Program features a matching grant of 25% NRP funds to 75% homeowner funds, with a maximum grant of $3,000. There are no income limits. The Low Interest Loan program offers 4% fixed rate loans with flexible terms with a maximum loan of $7,500. Household income limits apply. For more information, please go to the NRP section of our website: www.eastcalhoun.org.
Monica presented several East Calhoun neighborhood sign designs by resident Ken Ushio. These signs would replace the current ECCO signs posted at the entrances to our community, which are aging through general weathering and graffiti. The board made several edits to the sign designs and decided to vote via e-mail between meetings in order to give Ken a chance to respond to the edits. The Board thanks Ken for his generous time with our community signs. Monica noted that the City now charges for the labor of posting the signs. If the current budget des not allow enough money to order and post all 22 planned signs, some would be stored as spares in case of damage or graffiti in the future.
Linda Todd gave a summary of the Neighborhood Community Engagement Committee (NCEC) meeting that she attended. NCEC falls under the City’s new Neighborhood & Community Relations department, which is the replacement for NRP. Linda reported that the NCEC meeting was essentially a cacophony of neighborhood interests vying for a voice while also arguing that the forum itself is a non-functional entity largely expected to concur with the City council’s pre allocated resources and agenda. The next meeting will be an election to select four “Commissioners” from among the neighborhoods who will actually sit on the NCEC board. We are responsible for appointing an elector (to vote on the Commissioner positions) and an alternate elector.
The Board unanimously moved to nominate Blake Harper as the primary elector and Linda Todd as the secondary elector at the upcoming NCEC election meeting.
Linda also announced that the Uptown Neighborhood News (UNN) reached 16 color pages last month!
Next ECCO Meeting will be held on June 2nd 2011 at 7 pm inside St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church.